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Showing 14 articles from May 31, 2011.


Barbara Jo William Hurd

LEBANON -- Local businesswoman Barbara Jo William Hurd died at home Tuesday, May 31, 2011 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in 1936 in Weston, West Virginia and raised in Virginia, she graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1954 and from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) with a B.S. degree in home economics in 1958.

Immediately following graduation, she married J. Brent Hurd of Donelson. She was employed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services as a social worker for 10 years and helped many local families.

Mrs. Hurd founded Hurd Properties, Inc. in Lebanon in 1986. She was a member of the Lebanon Year Round Garden Club, the Green Hills Womens Club and the Westland United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hurd was also a member of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors. She and her husband were members of Ilene’s Travel Group of Mt. Juliet for 20 years, visiting many U.S. cities and foreign countries.

The family will receive friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon between the hours of 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 2.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, June 3 and will be conducted by Dr. John Cheetham. Private entombment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. 

Survivors include: her husband of 53 years Brent Hurd; son Raymond (Mimi) Hurd and daughters Brenda (Phillip) Barnes, Becky (Kelly) Halsey and Beverly (Rodney) Gibbs. Also surviving: sister Alicia Blamphin of Annapolis MD, and sister-in-law Brownie Freeman along with grandchildren Deanna Barnes, Madelyn Barnes, Olivia Hurd, Sam Hurd and Zoey Halsey.

Active pallbearers: Raymond Hurd, Phillip Barnes, Kelly Halsey, Sam Hurd, John Martin Blamphin and John Merrick Blamphin.  Honorary:  Arthur Jones, Dick Freeman, Ron Buck, Hale Moss, Ilene’s Travel Group, Joe Harrison, Charlie Harrison, Blake Freeman, Don Mathis, Rodney Gibbs, Eric Gillberg, Johnny Noel, Lee Noel, Dr. Hardie Sorrells, Glyn Newton and John Yount.

Memorials will be welcomed by Alive Hospice (1718 Patterson St, Nashville 37203).

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Cyrus Geoffrey Wood, 71
WATERTOWN -- Memorial services were held Saturday morning, May 28 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Wood, 71, of Watertown.
A pilot in the US Air Force who flew missions in Vietnam, Mr. Wood died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
He retired from his trucking company and bought his farm in Watertown in 1996.
Survivors include: wife Annie Welch Wood of Watertown; son Thomas (Chappel) Wood of Brush Creek; daughter Victoria (Brian) Marger of Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister Carol (Michael) Mitchell of Carlton, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cryus Wyman Wood and Grace Idell Carroll Wood.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Dr. George R. Buchanan, 71
LEBANON -- A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Westland United Methodist Church for Dr. Buchanan, 71, of Lebanon.
A longtime devoted educator in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tennessee Technological University, he died May 29, 2011 at the Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.
Born June 29, 1939, in Campbellsville, Kentucky, to the late Frank E. and Alene Jarboe Buchanan, he was a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he received both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering as well as a Ph.D. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
He joined the faculty of the Tennessee Tech Department of Engineering Science in 1965, serving as chairman from 1978-82 and then, following a one year appointment as visiting staff at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, returned to TTU where he taught until his death.
Dr. Buchanan loved teaching and was highly respected by his students and peers.
He served as a mentor and role model to numerous students during his career. He was also an accomplished researcher, having his research broadly published and referenced by his peers.
Dr. Buchanan was a recipient of every TTU research related award. Out of the classroom he enjoyed his dogs, dancing, woodworking, carving, gardening and making dulcimers. He was a member of the Westland United Methodist Church.
He is survived and loved by his wife of 19 years, Charlotte Chris Buchanan; sister Barbara Buchanan Lewis of Louisville, KY; stepsister Sarah Ellen (Donald) Goff of Campbellsville, KY; son George Kevin Buchanan of Dallas, TX; daughter Karen Ann (Tim) Schneider of Phoenix, AZ; son and daughter-in-law Joshua Graham and Desiree Buchanan of Chicago, IL; stepchildren Brandy Walker of Florence, AL, and David Walker of Nashville; and grandchildren Lauren E. Buchanan, George C. Buchanan, Oliver W. Buchanan, Jared Schneider, Jaden Schneider, Kelsey Detwiler, Tyler Slagle, and Trevor Walker.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother Ethel Buchanan, and brother-in-law James E. Lewis. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dr. Buchanan may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 2520 Elisha Avenue, Zion, IL 60099 or the Ray Kinslow Research Award Endowment, Tennessee Technological University, Box 5005, Cookeville, 38506.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Jerry Dodd, Sr., 64
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 31st at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Dodd, 64, of Old Hickory.
He died May 28, 2011 at the VA Hospital.
Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars.
Survivors include: children Jerry (Jana) Dodd, Jr., Lisa Hare and Tammy Simpson; grandchildren Blakelyn, Caden, Cruz, Stephanie, Hunter and Nicholas.  
Mr. Dodd was preceded in death by parents, John C. and Hilda Vaughn Dodd.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.
Mary J. Stevenson, 58
LEBANON -- Funeral arrangements were incomplete at this time for Mrs. Stevenson, 58, of Lebanon.
Wife of LoHarrell Stevenson, she passed away Monday, May 30, 2011 at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Survivors include: husband LoHarrel Stevenson; mother Katherine Banks; children, O.J. (Jessie), Vattica (Deadrick Miller), Jennifer, Billy and Eugene Stevenson, Schuronda (Wesley) Davis.
Also surviving are siblings: twin sister Bobbie Bowen, Kareem (Cadeeja) Abdul, Chris (Priscilla), David and Michelle Patton, Jackie (James) Hall; many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements in the care of JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.
Mary Sue Harvey Villa, 46
LEBANON -- Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Villa, 46, of Lebanon.
Formerly of Gamaliel, KY, she passed away Monday, May 30, 2011 at University Medical Center.
Born October 6, 1964 in Monroe County, KY to the late Clay Harvey and Roberta Riley Harvey Botts, she was employed by the Department of Human Services in Lebanon as a secretary and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
She was united in marriage on October 5, 1997 to Antonio Villa.
Visitation after 10 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Graveside service will be held later Saturday afternoon at the Gamaliel Cemetery in Kentucky.
Survivors include: her husband Antonio Villa of Lebanon; sister Faye and (John Anthony) Turner of Lebanon.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Ronnie Harvey.
Memorials are suggested to Sherry’s Run.
Arrangements by Strode Funeral Home, Gamaliel, KY.
Mrs. Willie Belle Dedman, 93
WATERTOWN -- Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon May 31 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Dedman, 93, of the Saulsbury COmmunity.
A homemaker and a 70-year member of Good Hope United Methodist Church, she died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Mrs. Dedman faithfully served her church as church secretary, historian, membership secretary and Sunday school teacher.
Services were conducted by Rev. Ed Pugh and the Rev. Dave Winton. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Park.
Survivors include: daughter Mollie (Bobby) McEachern of Lebanon; granddaughters Diane (Brownie) Vantrease of Lebanon and Vicki (James) Smith of Lebanon; great-grandchildren Trey Vantrease, Meredith Vantrease and Heather Smith -- all of Lebanon, Sean Smith and Brandon Smith of Murfreesboro; nephew Jeff (Bettye Ann) Burton of Watertown.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Dedman; great-grandson Christopher Vantrease; parents Joe and Vina King Burton; sister Estelle Enoch and brother Clarence Joseph Burton.
Great-grandchildren served as pallbearers. Honorary: Harold Ingram, Albert Allison, David Shehane, Joe Allen Williams, Dr. Joe Bryant and Ladies Sunday School Class at Good Hope United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.
Ricky Dean Sanders, 53
LEBANON -- A celebration of life service was held Tuesday evening, May 31 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Sanders, 53, of Lebanon.
A self-employed businessman, he died Friday, May 27, 2011 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Survivors include: his wife of 37 years Angie Mofield Sanders; children Brandon Dean (Amanda) Sanders and Bridgette Sanders (Neal) Fisher.
Also surviving are brothers Robert Dell (Yvonne) Sanders and Jon (Kim) Sanders -- both of Carthage; grandchildren Valeri Faith Fisher and Gabriel Dean Neil Sanders; mother-in-law Kathleen Gregory Mofield; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents Robert and Faye Sanders and father-in-law Dave Mofield.       Memorial donations may be made to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon.
Ronald Dale "Ron Rogers, 59
LEBANON -- A celebration of life was held Sunday afternoon, May 29 at the Faith Lutheran Church for Mr. Rogers, 59, of Lebanon.
A member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and a carpenter, Mr. Rogers died Friday May 27, 2011.
Graveside services will be held at a later date.
Survivors include: sons Alex (Mandy) Rogers of Lebanon and Andy Rogers of Texas; daughter Velvet Ann Rogers of Lebanon; brother William Edward Rogers of Lebanon; aunt Erlene Foulds of Mt. Juliet.
He is preceded in death by his parents Walter Rogers and Willie Hester Baskin Rogers along with aunt Juanita Baskin.
Partlow Funeral Chapel, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.

Telling Tales

To diet

Wilson Living Magazine
On any given Monday, if you ask me what I’m doing – I’ll tell you – “I’m dieting.”  It’s been that way since I was 16. And there isn’t a diet out there that I haven’t tried.

I’ve been on the Hollywood Diet, a 48 hour diet comprised of only drinking a fruit juice concoction. (I lasted one day) The Cleansing Diet, a three day diet comprised of only drinking water mixed with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. (I lasted one sip) The Rice Diet, a week long diet comprised of ….you guessed it ….rice. (I lasted two bowls) Followed by all the usual suspects … Atkins, Weight Watchers, The Zone…. (three days, two days, one day).


Ask Ken Beck

Chattanooga choo-choo stars in Water for Elephants

Dear Ken: I just saw the movie “Water for Elephants.” Tell me about the handsome but villainous dude who played August, the owner of the circus who beat the elephant?
That would be Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, 54, who was born into a theater family. He had a very workmanlike career for 30 years in German film and television, and then director Quentin Tarantino cast him as Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious B……s,” which made him an international superstar and won him a best supporting actor Oscar. The divorced father of four children speaks German, French and English. He next stars as Cardinal Richelieu in “The Three Musketeers.” Regarding “Water for Elephants,” the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga provided a vintage steam locomotive and a three-mile track for the production, which filmed in Chattanooga last July and August. Lookout Mountain also appears in the movie.



More than one day needed

The past Memorial Day weekend, while providing a time for rest and recreation, was also a fitting and appropriate time to remember those who have served in military uniforms and paid the ultimate price while protecting our great country and the many freedoms we enjoy.

But what about today, tomorrow and next week? We tend to place so much importance on a single day when in fact we should recognize these heroes every day of every year.



Calendar - June 1

Government meetings
Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.

Wilson County Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department to consider budgets.

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, June 2, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.

Wilson County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 6, at Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library on South Hatton Street.

Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session at 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the director of schools evaluation. (The work session was originally scheduled for 4 p.m.) The board’s regular meeting will follow at 5 p.m.

Lebanon City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.


General News

Mary Burger 'doggedly' seeks to improve County Animal Control

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
After almost five months on the job, Mary Burger, director of Wilson County Animal Control, has big plans for the future of the department and with a new webpage is hoping to increase the department’s effectiveness.

Burger, who was hired in January this year, has been working with and alongside animals for years. She began working with the Wilson County Humane Society in 1996 and left the managerial position to work in the City of Lebanon Animal Control Department in 1999.

After a brief period working in the Codes Department, Burger said she needed to get back to doing what she loved, working with dogs and other animals. When Randall Hutto was elected County Mayor in 2010 and made hiring a new Animal Control Director a top priority, Burger seized the opportunity.

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